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Month: March 2011

Number 194

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 194                                                                                                                        27 March, 2011   The owl of Minerva begins her flight only upon the arrival of dusk.   SEIU Stares Death In The Face. Picket That! Is RICO about to be used on SEIU? Well, if so, it’s about time! The story unfolds here, and, as the article says, “…complex stories take time to research and write.” Correct; and then, who wants to read them?   Libya Introduction The bombing of Libya is hard to understand. If it were an attempt to capture the oil fields or kill all Arabs, it would be easily comprehensible. If rational explanations were to be made for the assault, one might be able to believe or disbelieve them. But as things stand, there are either no answers or answers that utterly lack credibility. What follows is, therefore, necessarily somewhat speculative. Until the farce plays itself out and there is some measure of candor from people who know the real reasons for the bombing, commentary on events can amount to little more than the observation that several nations are in the hands of amateurs. The dictator’s name will, in deference to what appears to be an informed orthographic standard, be rendered here “Gaddafi,” rather than “Qaddafi.” Just before this number of The New Terrapin received its final editing, the press reported Al Qaeda’s involvement in the attempt...

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Number 193

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 193                                                                                                                                        20 March, 2011   A contradiction is the elevation of reason above the limitations of the understanding.   Al Jazeera: An Unbiased News Source, Or Propaganda Outlet For Virulent Jew-Hatred? Al Jazeera’s latest piece on the Middle East seems to be more “Palestinian” propaganda than common sense. Read it — assuming you have an interest in this most frustrating of issues — and consider the following brief points: 1. In the linked article, the rationality of the assumption that somehow Israel and a new “Palestinian” state can exist side by side in peace is never mentioned. Yet that assumption is a grotesque absurdity, as the goals of the “Palestinian” groups in the region prove. Clearly, what the “Palestinians” want is not their own nation, but the destruction of Israel. It is insanity to refuse to credit the sincerity of those rabid Jew-haters. 2. Again and again, the article refers to “Palestinian” suffering — misery that is, almost without exception, self-imposed. If they did not receive massive Israeli aid, the “Palestinian” areas in Gaza and elsewhere would be among the most untenable environments in existence. 3. The Al Jazeera article repeatedly explains US politics as the manipulation of foreign policy by wealthy “donors” who favor Israel. This is moronic conspiracism dressed in formal clothing and paraded in polite company as if it were...

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Number 192

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 192                                                                                                                          15 March, 2011   It is as if much had been neglected in the defense of our country.   Media Derangement Syndrome In this newsletter’s long struggle to prove the general bias of the media, few admissions of bigotry and class-hatred have been cited. Journalists are usually too smart to shoot their mouths off for quotation. That’s why the statements made by this National Public Radio bigwig are notable. His babble raises two questions: first, one would like to know how widespread his loopy ideas are. Is his mindset typical? Second, why in the world do editors tolerate nutcases like this bigot? The number of journalists and others in the media who agree with most of what this pretentious sap says is probably larger than most folks think. Perhaps the best evidence for that contention is the case of Eason Jordan, the former head of CNN News, who offhandedly expressed his belief that in Iraq, the US military routinely targeted and assassinated journalists. His words were not intended to be a revelation; he was neither exposing a dirty secret nor complaining about a horrible situation. He was just referring to the way things were (as he misunderstood them due to his political bias). He honestly felt that everybody knew of this conspiracy to kill reporters. How very like a Klansman who knows...

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Number 191

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 191                                                                                                                          7 March, 2011   What experience and history teach, however, is this: that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, nor have they ever conducted themselves in accord with teachings that might be drawn from it.   Holder Eric Holder, The One’s appointed head of the US Department of Justice, has been criticized for what some claim is racially-based favoritism in refusing to prosecute an undisputed violation of federal law. In responding to his critics before a congressional committee, Holder is alleged to have said: Think about that. When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia — which was inappropriate, certainly that — to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people. To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, and to say that the Black Panther incident wrong though it might be somehow is greater in magnitude or is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history and the facts. The source for the above text is this post. To hear what Holder...

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